So much of life is about perspective. We went camping for the 4th at Palo Duro Canyon. It was beautiful.
The Hubs, one of my sisters, my two nephews and my two brother-in-laws went on a hike. A long hike in the desert in a canyon and we started at 10 a.m. We are now calling it a “death march” (yes, we are a little dramatic). The hike was 6 miles, round trip and it there was some rough terrain involved.
The Hubs and I got separated from our group. It’s a rather long story. As we were on a long stretch, now after midday, I was looking up at the side o the canyon. It looked like a mountain…a beautiful mountain. I knew we were in the bottom of a canyon. I began to think how many times in life that we think we are at the foot of a canyon but in reality, we are in a deep canyon. How many times that we minimize our sin or our situation saying, “I am in a valley” or “I’m just approaching a mountain” but the reality when it sets in is that we are 1000 feet in a deep hole. Because the hole it big, it doesn’t seem like a hole.
I think depression is a canyon. It sneaks up on you. You think you are down not realizing you have been losing hope.
Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick…” Before long, your heart is sick. Explains a lot of heart related health problems.
There is hope in God!
Repeatedly in Psalms, the psalmist tells his soul, “Hope in God!” (Psalm 42, 43). There are times when we must tell our soul…HOPE IN GOD!
The psalmist acknowledged that his soul was down. He acknowledged his loss of hope. At some point we have to recognize we have fallen into a canyon so we can climb out of it. Is it time to tell your soul to “hope in God”?